Listen and pray along while meditating on the life of Jesus Christ, as seen by His mother Mary. Includes scripture readings for all four sets of mysteries (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious). Also includes optional files for the Apostle's Creed and the Hail Holy Queen ending sequence. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Traditional
Dr Thorndyke returns in this classic Edwardian mystery novel of forensics, both the medical and the law kind. How did the rich Egyptologist disappear off the face of the earth, and when? Who inherits his money? (Published in the US as The Vanishing Man. Boring title, eh?) Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman, 1911.
The Shepherd of Hermas was a "bestseller" among early Christians (late Second Century), and was nearly designated a book of scripture. It's not clear whether it's supposed to be instructive fiction or an actual account of visions by Hermas, a freed slave turned shady businessman, worried by his sharp-tongued wife and troubled kids. The book provides much food for thought and much to disagree with. Book 2: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Shepherd of Hermas, translated by J.B. Lightfoot
A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The first part, A Treatise of Divine Providence, discusses love of God, love of neighbor, and how all sins and virtues ultimately hinge on actions towards one's neighbor. Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism Source: The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
This is _the_ medieval management book, written by the pope who set up the Catholic Church to survive the Dark Ages. It was written for bishops and read by huge numbers of European lay leaders as well as church ones. This is the book that King Alfred so wanted to spread around that he had it translated into English. This is a book that still has important lessons today. The first part considers what sort of person you ought to have in charge and what sort not, as well as good and bad reasons... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, leadership Source: Trans. by Barmby, from Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. XII
The spiritual classic about dark nights of the soul, and how to start to achieve union with God through prayer, begins with a look at the "night of sense". The second book deals with the "night of faith". Then the third book deals with the "night of the memory and will". The final two books of the five book treatise are generally printed separately and called The Dark Night of the Soul . So I have also recorded them separately. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism
On his way to martyrdom in Rome, Bishop Ignatius of Antioch (then in Syria; now Antakya, Turkey) wrote letters to the Church in several cities of the Empire. Seven of these letters survive. By the way, you'll notice that the good bishop is not shy about calling Jesus "God". (So much for that Da Vinci Code silliness....) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Here's the contention: mind is the master of all things. Here's the bet: that a scrawny professor can escape a prison cell on Death Row in one week. What will happen in this duel between the warden of Chisholm Prison and the Thinking Machine? Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: "The Prisoner of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle, 1907
A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The second part of the book, "A Treatise on Discretion", discusses how all good things must be done with discretion, which is part of love; how Christ is like a bridge; how virtues and good works should not be done out of fear or as an end in themselves, but out of love; and how the soul should learn to love God unconditionally as a friend and adopted child, not just for God's good gifts. Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism Source: The Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The third part of the book, "A Treatise on Prayer", discusses all sorts of things: the value of tears, Communion, priests, a good death, and of course prayer. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 | Part 5 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism Source: The Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
Circa A.D. 710, the Venerable Bede wrote this sermon. It was translated by the Rev. John M. Neale. An interesting and touching look at the Feast of All Saints and the doctrine of the Communion of Saints, and a glimpse of Saxon England's religious life. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, Holidays - All Saints Day Source: The World's Famous Orations, 1906.
The classic 2nd century study and analysis of Christian Gnosticism in all its extant variants, as collected both from Gnostic writings and discussions with Gnostic teachers (as well as ex-Gnostics). Since Irenaeus was studying Gnosticism to help others change Gnostics' minds, he strove for as much accuracy as possible in his account. And in fact, you will find that his account of Gnosticism tallies closely with that of the recently rediscovered Gnostic writings. Book II Book III Book IV Book V favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
A spiritual classic written for those in religious life, but used for centuries by all sorts of Christians. Book 1: Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
Transcriptions of a set of class lectures delivered, during the six weeks of Lent, by St. Cyril of Jerusalem (then bishop and patriarch of Jerusalem) to a class of candidates planning on baptism and reception into the Church at Easter. Sometime during the fourth century. At the time these lectures were being given, catechumens and candidates were not allowed to attend the entire Mass, learn many important teachings before being baptized, or disclose Church teachings to outsiders. This was... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. VII
An epic poem about the tragic Roman civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompeius (Pompey), which also figuratively chronicles Lucan's own realization that his good friend, patron, and new emperor, Nero, has become a danger to his people. The poem ends prematurely, because Lucan was executed for plotting to overthrow Nero. Immensely influential to Western civilization and a true classic, though sadly forgotten over the last hundred years (when folks should have read it). Translated by Sir Edward... Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, History Source: Pharsalia by Lucan, tr. by Sir Edward Ridley, 1896.
A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The third part of the book, "A Treatise on Obedience", discusses Christ's obedience, the way that obedience enhances other virtues, and how obedience is promoted by the religious life. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 5 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism Source: The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
This section of the medieval spiritual classic talks about the Interior Life. Topics include meditation, humility, human goodness and purity, singlemindedness of purpose, a good conscience, not worshipping just for the sake of getting nice fuzzy feelings, perseverence in the sake of suffering, and willingly carrying one's cross for love of Jesus. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
The foundation document for Sherlockian studies, this is also a hilarious satire of Biblical and literary criticism. The author, Ronald A. Knox, later became better known as Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, Bible translator and mystery writer. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, essays, comedy, Mystery Source: "Sources in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes", 1911
A deacon requests advice on how best to explain the faith to people who want to become Christian, how to know how he's doing at it, and how to keep it interesting both to them and himself. Augustine's answer touches on all sorts of things, from teaching, public speaking, and linguistics to salvation history and the psychology of converts. Interesting and useful stuff! Translated by the Rev. C.L. Cornish, 1847. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Seventeen Short Treatises of St. Augustine, trans. by C.L. Cornish and H. Browne, 1847.
A broad popular survey of European history, emphasizing Europe's continuity of civilization from the days of the Roman Empire to the present day, as well as the importance of the Catholic Church to European history and life. This is Belloc at his quirkiest. His hatred of corporation capitalism and his love of diversity in unity are both on display, as he argues for the proposition that the Roman Empire never really fell. (He also insists on the special importance of France and England to... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion Source: Europe and the Faith by Hilaire Belloc, 1920
A mysterious man lurks among the mummies of the Louvre. What strange secret is held by the Ring of Thoth? First published in Cornhill Magazine, 1890. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction Source: The Captain of the Polestar, and Other Tales, 1890
Now that Irenaeus has given us a rundown on Gnostic teachers, beliefs, and practices, he moves to suggesting arguments against such beliefs. These arguments also provide an interesting look at theology in Irenaeus' day. Book I Book III Book IV Book V favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
The classic story of a man who learns to love his country when it is taken away from him. This complete and unabridged version from Hale's 1868 story collection includes many incidents cut from textbooks, as well as an illuminating introduction by the author which reveals unknown facts about the tale. Listen to it again for the very first time! Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: The Man Without a Country and Other Tales by Edward Everett Hale, 1868.
A story of medieval Germany and the first Christmas tree. Exciting, poetic, and atmospheric. By the author of "The Story of the Other Wise Man". Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas Source: "The First Christmas Tree" by Henry Van Dyke, 1897
This 1859 short story probably influenced both Maupassant's "The Horla" and Bierce's "The Damned Thing". It's pretty spooky all by itself, though. The second phase of the story is a science fiction take -- a very odd one. See what you think. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Horror
Bishop Asterius of Amasea (c. 375-405 AD) talks about Christ's ideas on marriage, the wonderfulness of wives, and why casual divorce is a Bad Idea. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ancient Sermons for Modern Times, tr. by Galusha Anderson and Edgar Johnson Goodspeed
The first third of a book of short-short stories by Lord Dunsany, the classic fantasy writer of the early 20th century. Weird, wise, funny, and sad by turns, no two tales are alike. Listen to them in order or skip about as you please. Part 2 Part 3 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy Source: Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany, 1915
The second half of The Shepherd of Hermas consists of parables. One of the parables presents a somewhat bizarre version of the Son preexisting His Incarnation as Jesus, but nevertheless shows that early Christians were thinking about the Trinity. Book 1 Book 2: Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Shepherd of Hermas, translated by J.B. Lightfoot
A spiritual classic written for those in religious life, but used for centuries by all sorts of Christians. Book 1: Part 1 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: mysticism, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
This medieval Christian "bestseller" continues with more thoughts on prayer, humility, and depending on God. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
Book 4, "An Invitation to Holy Communion", examines the vital importance of receiving the Eucharist in a reverent manner, while offering one's whole self up to God. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
Mr. Sponge is his name; fox-hunting and fortune-hunting are his game. Yep -- like Becky Sharp, he's an anti-hero. This fun and funny 1853 novel gives us an unromantic but not unsympathetic look at post-Regency England from top to bottom, through sports. Since foxhunters in England are now a persecuted minority, better read this book before PETA throws red paint on it! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, by R.S. Surtees
A cute little story about a cute little girl and what happened when they put her in charge of a raffle at the parish fair. Kathleen Thompson Norris, who wrote both as "Jane Ireland" and "Kathleen Norris" (no relation to today's writer of that name) was a prolific and popular writer of non-fiction, short stories and novels, as well as working as a reporter. Her half-Irish and Catholic heritage gave her a different viewpoint, and her experience with working for her living and... Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: The Works of Kathleen Norris, Vol. III, Gutenberg
An epic poem and piece of historical fiction set during the First Crusade. This is considered one of the three great Italian epic poems, along with Dante's Divine Comedy and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. The poem primarily focuses on Rinaldo and his hopeless love for a Saracen woman warrior, and on many historical personages made more romantic. Translation by Edward Fairfax; published in London, 1600. Part 2 | Part 3 Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, romance, fantasy
An lonely old man with a vanished, disgraced son. A sweet Skye terrier who's always in disgrace. What's brewing in a town called Hopskotch? Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, June 1861
The fifth and final part of the book, comprised of the translator's Introduction (giving historical information), and his appendix, a letter from one of St. Catherine's associates telling about her death. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, mysticism Source: The Dialog of St. Catherine of Siena, CCEL
Jerusalem, 300-something AD. Christians are holding classes with content the attendees are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated. But one teacher's class lectures were written down.... More solid teaching from that quirky teacher and bishop, St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Mystagogical Lectures Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, CCEL
Published in 1496 as part of the Book of St. Albans, and written by an English prioress, this little treatise explains how to make a telescoping fishing rod, fishing line, and hooks. It also explains how to fish, when, and where. However, for the non-angler, the real pleasure of this treatise is its pleasant tone and small nuggets of wisdom. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, fishing
This 1912 fantasy short story tells of the quest of a valiant and shrewd knight to win the hoard of the Gibbelins. But it won't be easy. "The Gibbelins eat, as is well known, nothing less good than man. Their evil tower is joined to Terra Cognita, to the lands we know, by a bridge. Their hoard is beyond reason; avarice has no use for it; they have a separate cellar for emeralds and a separate cellar for sapphires; they have filled a hole with gold and dig it up when they need it. And the... Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: The Book of Wonder by Lord Dunsany, 1912.
The bestselling religious classic from the Middle Ages continues. God is the only truly trustworthy being. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, CCEL
"Apologia" means "explanation". In this case, a Greek philosopher who converted to Christianity attempts to explain to Emperor Marcus Aurelius why Christianity is a good thing; or failing that, what Christians believe and do as opposed to what is rumored; and why it was bad for the Empire to persecute Christians just for holding Christian beliefs. The apologia is circa 147-161 A.D. If you're interested at all in history, politics, or religion, this is like a trip in a time... Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1
Three very different men take a train through the English countryside. Why are they all going to the same place for Christmas? favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Christmas Source: A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men by Wiliam J. Locke, 1910.
The comical misfortunes of Mr. Sponge (and the unlucky Lord Scamperdale) continue! Mr. Sponge manages to annoy his groom, who is determined to have his revenge. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour by R.S. Surtees, 1852
Just in the nick of time, Mr Sponge receives an invitation from another unsuspecting host. This one wants a rich godfather for his baby boy. Little does he know that Sponge isn't exactly the ideal choice.... Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy
Famous people have doubles to spare them danger. Wouldn't a normal person find one useful, too? Of course he would! Until something went wrong, anyway. This story, which appeared in the September 1859 issue of Atlantic Monthly, was the first story ever sold by Edward Everett Hale. (He later wrote "The Man Without a Country".) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy